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Social Enterprise

Social enterprises in Parramatta

Below is a list of social enterprise businesses that are operating in Parramatta and surrounding areas.

Retail outlets (food and beverage) (Back to top)

Retail outlets (food and beverage)
  • Fully equipped, highly attractive mobile coffee and food trailers. On weekdays they are located on construction sites providing a canteen service to workers and the local community. On the weekends they are available for events/festivals etc.

    Mission

    To provide paid employment and training opportunities in food service and hospitality to young people from social housing and disadvantaged backgrounds facing barriers to employment.

    Street address

    661 Victoria Road, Melrose Park 2114 (local community canteen)
     

    Kick Start Cafe
  • A mobile coffee van available to provide a great mobile coffee service at local events.

    Mission

    To provide training and experience in barista and customer service for volunteers, disadvantaged youth and students, as well as a referral information service.

    Hills Daily Grind
  • An espresso bar and coffee school.

    Mission

    To assist disadvantaged people of all ages and cultures with employment and education opportunities in hospitality and barista skills.

    Locations

    113 Macquarie St Parramatta: coffee school most weeks Wednesday and Saturdays

    197 Pitt St Mall Sydney 2000: Suncorp Community Cafe

    Darcy Street Project
  • Online store selling custom cakes, macarons, tarts and other sweet treats to order.

    Mission

    To promote social inclusion, and provide a stimulating and understanding work environment for transplant recipients and those living with chronic illness.

    The Sweetest Gift
  • A catering service providing cultural and fusion-inspired cuisine made by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

    Mission

    To provide training and work opportunities to people seeking asylum and refugees and support the work of the House of Welcome, St Francis Social Services.

    House of Welcome Catering
  • Food tours focussing on Sydney’s authentic and modern multicultural cuisines.

    Local guides share stories of food, history, and culture while visiting the best places to eat and shop.

    Mission

    All profits go to supporting new and young Australians, migrants and refugees, into the chosen career paths by offering training and employment as tour guides in their local area and culture.

    Taste Tours

Retail outlets (products) (Back to top)

Retail outlets (products)
  • A store selling second-hand goods at affordable prices, and providing workshops in upcycling and repurposing pre-loved goods.

    Mission

    To reduce the amount of household goods and building material entering landfill by reclaiming for repair, reuse and sale.

    Street address

    1/10 Hunter Street, Parramatta

    The Bower
  • A ceramics studio providing classes and workshops in ceramic arts, and a mobile ‘Clay Cart’ able to travel for customised clay activities and workshops.

    Mission

    To provide local studio space and employment opportunities for artists through teaching and a gallery for the sale of ceramic works, and a creative venue for people interested in learning ceramic art-making.

    Street address

    Shop 5/4 to 14 Hunter Street, Parramatta

    Parra Clay
  • A children's bookshop offering bilingual books in 40+ languages, and an all-ages creative hub and cafe.

    Mission

    To promote multilingualism in Australia, and build literacy and language acquisition in the languages of Australian communities. 

    Street address

    2/40 Harris Street, Fairfield

    Lost in Books
  • A store selling great quality recycled clothing and accessories at affordable prices. The store opens for regular Pop-up sales on the last Friday of the month 11am-1pm. 

    Mission

    To financially support the Fitted for Work program and services. Fitted for work supports women experiencing disadvantage to help them get into work and keep it, through personal outfitting and interview service, mentoring, resume training and a Staying Employed Program. 

    Street address

    Suites 37 & 38a 70 Phillip Street, Parramatta

    Check their Facebook page for other sale events promotion.  

    Conscious Closet
  • An online store selling creative, craft and art products designed and produced by participants in the Studio Artes program.

    Mission

    To support Studio Artes program which offers tailor-made creative activities and life skills programs for adults living with a wide range of disabilities.

    Follow them on Facebook

    Studio Artes
  • An online store selling unique watches with diverse numeral writing systems reflecting the diversity of the world’s languages.

    Mission

    Inspired by the philosophy of pluralism, the watches are designed as a conversation starter to encourage acceptance and pluralism.  For every watch sold, $5 is donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

    Follow them on Facebook or Instagram

    The Pluralist
  • Online flower services delivering beautiful handmade flowers bouquets and arrangements.

    Mission

    To provide jobs, employment skills and training to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have had limited education and limited access to employment.

    Angkor Flowers
  • Online store selling art and design products created through collaboration with Indigenous artists.

    Mission

    To provide new opportunities for indigenous artists and support ecologically sustainable living experiences across the Greater Sydney region.

    The Social Canvas
  • Service

    Sells bespoke ceramic home-wares designed in tribal Indian art forms and created by a collective of multicultural women in Western Sydney.

    Products are sold through various face-to-face market events.

    Purpose

    To build the capacity of participants to create and market bespoke ceramic homewares.

    yamane.fayed@ice.org.au
  • Online store selling 100% cotton food wraps designed by the traditional owners of the Northern Territory and using beeswax, organic resin, and organic jojoba oil.

    Mission

    Providing economic participation opportunities for traditional owners of the Northern Territory and supporting environmentally sustainable living.

    Amber's Food Wraps
  • Online store selling beautiful, positive education resources that allow wellbeing to be visible and consistent in homes and schools.

    Mission

    To increase awareness of looking after mental health with a playful approach.

    Grow Your Mind
  • Handmade, plant-based natural soap handcrafted by Balinese women. Products are sold through various face-to-face market events.

    Mission

    To create economic empowerment and bring social change for Balinese women, whilst restoring hope for women and children experiencing homelessness in Parramatta.

    agatha_simanjuntak@hotmail.com

Service providers (Back to top)

Service providers
  • Service

    School workshops, hackathons and business incubators to take students from entrepreneurial education to launching their own impactful projects.

    Mission

    To empower young people through entrepreneurial education.

    Contact

    hello@generationentrepreneur.com.au

    Generation Entrepreneur
  • Addventageous provides affordable and accessible bike hire, cycling programs and bike maintenance courses for all members of the community.

    Mission

    Income generated from bike hire and commercial programs is reinvested into providing free community lessons for disadvantaged groups, providing leadership and mentoring programs for migrant women and helping youth at risk develop employable skills in bike maintenance. 

    Street address

    Beneath City Centre car park, Horwood Place, Parramatta

    Addventageous
  • Service

    Trains and inspires communities to create beautiful, meaningful and unique public spaces in their neighbourhood through community-based projects.

    Mission

    To build a sense of belonging in local places, community resilience, and employment pathways.

    Contact

    julia@smallshift.com.au

    Small Shift
  • Service

    Multilingual mobile app for connecting new Australians, migrants, to jobs, settlement services and community

    Mission

    To support new Australians with integrating into our society and drive an inclusive nation.

    Connections Australia
  • Commercial cleaning and grounds management services.

    Mission

    To provide durable employment for disadvantaged people, including people with a mental illness.

    Address

    36 George St, Clyde

    Contact

    tony.daoud@wiseemployment.com.au

    Clean Force Property Services
  • A co-working space for young people with a disability where they are supported to work, socialise and develop their individual skills.

    Mission

    To build a national network of co-working spaces, bringing world-class work, social and learning opportunities to people with disability.

    Address

    Ground Floor, 7 Hassall Street, Parramatta

    Contact

    hello@avenuecoworking.org.au

    Avenue
  • Service

    SheWorks provides placement and post-placement services to businesses seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.

    Mission

    To help women with barriers to employment (newly arrived migrants and refugees; Indigenous Australians; women with a disability; mature age women; and young women who are new to the workforce) to obtain work and keep work.

    All profits from SheWorks go directly back into Fitted for Work enabling more women to access its programs and services.

    Contact

    sheworks@fittedforwork.org

    SheWorks
  • Service

    Conference Centre with versatile, light-filled spaces to accommodate meetings, workshops, conferences, and special events.

    Mission

    To provide employment and authentic social inclusion for people with lived experience of a mental health issue.

    Address

    5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

    Contact

    figtree@flourishaustralia.org.au

    Figtree Conference Centre
  • Young Change Agents work with school and community groups in a design-thinking program that guides participants in coming up with their own social enterprise as a response to a problem they have identified. Also works with teachers through a train-the-trainer program.   

    Mission

    To help youth see problems as opportunities through the lens of social entrepreneurship.

    Contact

    margaret@youngchangeagents.com

    Young Change Agents
  • StartSomeGood is an online crowdfunding platform for social impact projects and organisations.

    Mission

    To be the world’s best mobilising platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.

    Contact

    Hello@startsomegood.com

    SmartSomeGood
  • Benevolence Financial Group is a purpose-driven and independent mortgage broker.

    Up to 50% of their commissions are invested in a social or environmental cause nominated by each customer.

    Mission

    Putting people over profits and empowering them to create a better future for their families, our communities and our planet.

    Benevolence Financial Group
  • Repurposed Flower Gifting Services for the event hosts by packing down and giving away event flowers to people in need, repurposing the materials for Mindful Flower Workshops, and turning flowers into Everlasting Botanical Artworks.

    Mission:

    To reduce waste in the Australian flower industry and improve the mental wellbeing of the communities in Australia by repurposing flowers.

    Contact:

    hello@florapeutic.com.au

    Florapeutic